Estádio José Alvalade is a football stadium in Lisbon, home of Sporting, one of Portugal's biggest clubs. It was designed by Tomás Taveira and was classified by UEFA as a 5-star stadium, enabling it to host finals of major UEFA events. This stadium - originally projected to hold only 40,000 spectators at any given time - has a capacity of 50,466 and was acoustically engineered as a venue for major concerts. Its official opening was on 6 August 2003 when Sporting played and beat Manchester United 3-1. It also hosted the 2005 UEFA Cup final between Sporting and CSKA Moscow, which CSKA won 3-1. The stadium also has underground parking for fans during official matches. On the exterior, the stadium features multi-coloured tiles and colours. On the interior some seats have different colours to give an illusion that the stadium is always full. The stadium also has a marvellous museum of the club and fans may see the museum when visiting the stadium.
How to get there?
The Estádio José Alvalade is ten minutes from the centre of Lisbon and is easy to get to by both public transport and private car.
Car: From the Segunda Circular ring road:
- If you are going to the south end, turn off at Campo Grande
- If you are going to the north end, turn off at Telheiras
- If you are heading towards Lisbon, turn off at the Stadium exit
Bus Line 1, 3, 46, 47, 77, 101, 106 & 108
Metro: Campo Grande